Joerg Sonnenberger posted to pkgsrc-users@ how he’s coming along in transitioning Xorg from the monolithic version currently in pkgsrc to the new 7.x modular version. (Short version: not yet, but soon)
And for your daily vkernel news…Â Virtual kernels now are secure by default, meaning no loading kernel modules and no writing to kernel memory.Â This is disabled by a command line flag at virtual kernel start time.Â Also, Matthew Dillon realized that the virtual kernel automatically presents a safe way to cluster.
Matthew Dillon’s latest status report indicates he’s added asynchronous I/O to virtual kernels, for a significant speed boost. Also: the 1.8 branch is tomorrow, with release in two weeks as planned.
Sepherosa Ziehau’s support for networking with virtual kernels has been committed. His commit message includes the exact instructions on how to get networking set up.
Now on UnixReview.com: Examining the Novell Certified Linux Professional 10 Certification, a review of the Komodo IDE (which I can’t get to work on DragonFly, darnit), and a book review of “Cisco Network Admission Control Volume II: NAC Framework Deployment and Troubleshooting“.
Virtual kernel development is proceeding quickly enough that I already have to summarize two days of development. Virtual kernels are able to finish a complete buildworld, at relatively good speed for an unoptimized system a few days old. This will be improved soon, with more room for development. Also, networking is working well, even with multiple virtual network interfaces.Â Oh, and various stat functions now work too.
Petr Janda wants someone to create a pkgsrc package for mod_cfg_ldap.Â Any takers?
Sepherosa Ziehau has already managed to construct a virtual network connection to match virtual kernels, ridiculously quickly.
So, there’s a Gentoo/FreeBSD project, that attempts to graft the two systems together.Â The lead developer in that project misread the old 4-clause BSD license on some older files, and paniced repeatedly.Â (It even made it to the howling wasteland.)Â Of course, the problem is not actually a problem – it’s caused by worry about a clause that was removed years ago.Â Dru Lavigne has a nice writeup, and Wes Peters summed it up best in comments: “Now everybody get back to work. This is a 7-year-old nonissue…”
Matthew Dillon reports it is now possible to boot a virtual kernel and log in using that virtual system. The big remaining step (other than bugfixing) is a virtual network interface.